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50th Anniversary of Historic Cuban Victory at Playa Giron: A New Era in the Americas Print E-mail

On April 17, 1961 more than 1,400 United States CIA-trained and led mercenaries launched an invasion of Cuba at Playa Giron (also known as the Bay of Pigs), located in the south-central region of the island. Spearheaded by the notorious Brigade 2506, comprised of henchmen of the former U.S. backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, terrorists and deposed rich landowners, the aim of the invasion was to overthrow the young revolution that had, scarcely more than two years previously, triumphed on January 1st, 1959.

Under the CIA’s Plan Pluto, the invaders’ objective was to establish a beachhead, fly in representatives from the Cuban-exile community in Miami, and then declare that a new "provisional government" had been constituted. This “provisional government” would then request that the United States intervene militarily in Cuba.


These plans came to nothing.

Within three days the Cuban people comprehensively defeated the invaders, shattering the myth of U.S. invincibility. The defeat of this brazen act of war represented the first defeat of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.

On April 16, the day before the invasion, in Havana a solemn ceremony was held for those who had been killed on April 15 during bombing by U.S. aircraft. Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution, proclaiming that the Cuban people had created a revolution “of the humble, by the humble, for the humble. And for this revolution of the humble, by the humble, for the humble, we are ready to give our lives.”

The proclamation of the socialist character of the Cuban Revolution and the defeat of the CIA-mercenary invasion declared before the world that Cuba would never return to the ignominy of imperialist domination, but instead had firmly placed the Cuban nation in the hands of its people, who would build, as Cuba's national hero José Martí envisioned, a society “with all and for all.”

In the fifty years that have passed, the people of Cuba have resolutely resisted and withstood the relentless efforts of Washington to destroy their Revolution and re-impose U.S. tutelage.

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of this historic victory, which opened up a new era in the Americas, the Canadian Network On Cuba extends its warmest and heartfelt greetings to the people of Cuba. We continue our efforts in friendship and solidarity with the Cuban people, for the end to the US Blockade and for justice for the Five Cuban heroes imprisoned in US jails.



Photos and videos of Massive Parade to commemorate 50th Anniversary

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